Empower Through Health (ETH) aims to advance the practice of healthcare delivery in rural disadvantaged contexts through providing healthcare, conducting clinical research, and staging innovative public health interventions.
When my good friend Jae told me of his idea to start this medical clinic in Eastern Africa, I first thought it was a crazy idea. But then I thought, 'Well, if Jae is going to try this crazy idea, at the very least I can't let him fail!'
I have held myriad hats in the organization since near the time of its foundation in December 2017. I've supported technology projects, managed our recruitment programs, spearheaded our development strategy, and currently reside on the Board of Directors as Secretary while playing an active role in driving organizational growth in all of its facets.
While at the time I had little sense of where this journey was headed, with almost two years of work behind us and one full year of healthcare operations in Mpunde, Uganda, I feel confidently that Empower Through Health has come a long way. Thousands of individuals who may have otherwise gone without healthcare have been treated, including dozens of newborn children delivered safely. And the seeds have been sown to enable growth into a full-fledged research and innovation lab, to create the next generations of solutions for healthcare delivery in rural disadvantaged contexts.
Many thanks to everyone who has impacted and enabled us in our first two years of existence. I am greatly indebted to the advice, labor, and resources generously contributed by my friends and family, and I've had the pleasure of connecting with so many motivated and inspired people who have joined us in our shared mission of advancing healthcare access. I especially will treasure the two weeks I spent in Mpunde this past May with the staff of ETH-Uganda who welcomed me with open arms, and I hope to visit all of them again soon.
With this in mind, I politely request that you open your hearts (and wallets) this holiday season and donate to my crowdfunding campaign. My brother Shawn and I will be matching the first $600 in donations, and anyone donating over $100 will receive a complimentary version 2020 calendar! My goal is to personally finance 3 months of the clinic's operation with your support.
Please consider donating the following amounts:
· $25 provides malaria testing and treatment for 40 people
· $50 provides another bed for inpatients.
· $125 provides 5,000 amoxicillin tablets to treat bacterial infections
· $300 provides around one months' salary for our nurse Zubeidah
· $600 provides us with funds to purchase new medical equipment for the clinic
· $1000 provides us with one months' worth of medication for the health center.
Please let me know if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about other ways you might become involved!